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Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer | [Robert Graysmith]

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.
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Publisher's Summary

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lover's lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill again. The official tally of his victims was six. The real toll may have reached 50. He was never caught. Graysmith, who was on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of the murders, gives this gripping account of Zodiac's reign of terror.

©1976 Robert Graysmith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Provocative....Bizarre....Graysmith's taut narrative brings the horror back with jolt upon jolt." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Will fascinate true-crime readers." (Library Journal)

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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11

    Tanti Lorri

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    "I can't believe I listened to the whole thing!"

    What a let-down. After listening to hours and hours of details on a possible suspect, the author would just say, "I knew it wasn't him," and move on. Then the case he made for who he thinks was the Zodiac is so thin that I wasn't convinced. I was really disappointed. I'm not a detail person in the first place, and to go through all those details and then not have a satisfying conclusion was a real bummer! The narrator was great with his matter of fact low bass voice. He was a perfect match to the material, but even he couldn't make something out of nothing. I don't recommend the book.

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    Kathlene 10-20-11
    Kathlene 10-20-11
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    "Will They Ever Arrest Zodiac?"

    This story is incredible. The author has an inside view to the whole story. Living in California and listening to this, which was going on when I was a kid, gave me the creeps. Highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-19-11
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Very interesting book."

    I really liked this book. It was informative and interesting. I am a little bit too young to remember the actual events going on but the book lays out the events in enough detail to make them interesting without being boring with too much information. Listening to this book made me want to watch the movie. I realized from the book that there are several movies based on these events, including "Dirty Harry." Overall, a great listen and I would recommend it to anyone interested in true crime stories.

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    RM Simon 10-04-11
    RM Simon 10-04-11
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    "disappointing"

    Barely interesting. It's a long recitation of incidents with no story arc. (I realize it's nonfiction, but it's pretty much just one thing after another.) The narrator has a nice voice but just reads; different characters don't have different voices. I was lured to read the book because I really enjoyed the movie of a few years ago, but it is very different.

    The only reason I'm not rating it 2's overall is that a 2 for me means that I really dislike the book and my response to this was milder than that.

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    Allan Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-03-11
    Allan Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Worth It"

    The Zodiac story is interesting but this author distorts a lot of the information. Endless speculation. Reasearch this book on the internet before buying and save a credit.

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    Russell 02-22-11
    Russell 02-22-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Bone chilling and fascinating"

    This is a great book about the unsolved mystery of the Zodiac killer. The author includes so much detail that the evidence and circumstance feels tangible and never dull.

    The narrator has an amazing deep voice - perfect match for this.

    Real life mystery fans will probably enjoy this book.

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    Richard Little Neck, NY, USA 02-05-10
    Richard Little Neck, NY, USA 02-05-10
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    "A ggod listen"

    The detail in this book is due to the writer's close proximity to the case, which makes this an exceptional listen. This isn't a rehash of a crime story by some third party, it's a first hand account of what happened from the inside. I listened to the book twice, back to back, and I'm considering listening again. There's so much detail you think that the identity of the killer must be in there, somewhere. I thought to myself... If I just listen a closer next time, if I just pay a little more attention, I can solve this four decade old mystery.

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    Christy austin, TX, USA 12-17-07
    Christy austin, TX, USA 12-17-07
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    "Educational"

    I definitely recommend this audio. Worth listening to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Too many toys National Capital Region 04-20-14
    Too many toys National Capital Region 04-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story with too much detail"
    Would you listen to Zodiac again? Why?

    No. The level of detail was sometimes mind-numbing and would be intolerable for a second listen.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator was entertaining.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having not read the book, I couldn't say.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The number and variety of suspects.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile listen, but the sometimes excruciating level of detail was not really appropriate for an audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate United States 09-19-13
    Kate United States 09-19-13
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    "Terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was bland. I love true crime, and I have read other books about the zodiac killer. This one is boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

    Nope.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zodiac?

    The whole thing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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